over-the-counter

[oh-ver-thuh-koun-ter]
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adjective
  1. unlisted on or not part of an organized securities exchange: over-the-counter stocks; the over-the-counter market. Abbreviation: OTC
  2. Pharmacology. sold legally without a doctor's prescription: over-the-counter drugs. Abbreviation: OTC

Origin of over-the-counter

First recorded in 1920–25

over the counter

adverb
  1. not transacted through an organized securities exchange; directly to the buyer or from the seller: He sold his stocks over the counter.
  2. Pharmacology. without a doctor's prescription but within the law.

Origin of over the counter

First recorded in 1870–75
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Related Words for over-the-counter

property, share, assets, funds, paper, capital, convertible, bonds, over-the-counter

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British Dictionary definitions for over-the-counter

over-the-counter

adjective
    1. (of securities) not listed or quoted on a stock exchange
    2. (of a security market) dealing in such securities
    3. (of security transactions) conducted through a broker's office directly between purchaser and seller and not on a stock exchange
  1. (of medicinal drugs) able to be sold without a prescriptionAbbreviation: OTC Compare ortho- (def. 5)
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over-the-counter in Medicine

over-the-counter

vər-ðə-kountər]
adj.
  1. That can be sold legally without a doctor's prescription.
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