from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Not listed or available on an officially recognized stock exchange but traded in direct negotiation between buyers and sellers: over-the-counter stocks.
- adj. That can be sold legally without a doctor's prescription: over-the-counter drugs.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Legal for sale or distribution without the requirement of a prescription (of medicine and other treatments); abbreviated as OTC.
- adj. Direct interaction between two parties without an intermediary. Thus, any market where items such as stocks or currency are bought and sold at a distance, rather than on the exchange.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. without a prescription; needing no prescription; -- said of medicines that can be legally bought without a physician's prescription.
- adj. able to be sold legally without a doctor's prescription; -- of medicinal drugs. Contrasted with
- adj. not quoted on a stock exchange; sold only through private negotiations between buyer and seller; -- of securities.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (of securities) not traded on a stock exchange
- adj. purchasable without a doctor's prescription
over + the + counter (Wiktionary)