not transacted through an organized securities exchange; directly to the buyer or from the seller: He sold his stocks over the counter.
Pharmacology. without a doctor's prescription but within the law.
Other definitions for over-the-counter (2 of 2)
unlisted on or not part of an organized securities exchange: over-the-counter stocks; the over-the-counter market.Abbreviation: OTC
Pharmacology. sold legally without a doctor's prescription: over-the-counter drugs.Abbreviation: OTC
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How to use over the counter in a sentence
Refuting critics who say he is anti-contraception, Gardner is calling for over-the-counter sale of birth control pills.
It sounds great—four GOP Senate candidates call for over-the-counter birth control access.
After all, health insurance companies rarely cover the cost of over-the-counter medicines.
ACOG is without question in favor of over-the-counter oral contraception.Hobby Lobby Ignores The Fact That The Pill Is More Than A Contraceptive | Caitlin Dickson | July 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
This isn't true for everything, but is often true for dairy, snack foods, over-the-counter medication, and pet food.13 Revelations From Reddit’s ‘Dirty Little Secret’ Thread Exposing Alleged Industry Secrets | Nina Strochlic | August 23, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Both over-the-counter and prescription medications can sometimes produce emotional or mental side effects.When You Don't Know Where to Turn | Steven J. Bartlett
British Dictionary definitions for over-the-counter
(of securities) not listed or quoted on a stock exchange
(of a security market) dealing in such securities
(of security transactions) conducted through a broker's office directly between purchaser and seller and not on a stock exchange
(of medicinal drugs) able to be sold without a prescription: Abbreviation: OTC Compare ortho- (def. 5)
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