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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

  • adj. able to be sold legally without a doctor's prescription; -- of medicinal drugs. Contrasted with prescription.
  • adj. not quoted on a stock exchange; sold only through private negotiations between buyer and seller; -- of securities.
  • n. without a prescription; needing no prescription; -- said of medicines that can be legally bought without a physician's prescription.

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


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

over + the + counter


  • As an automated-quotation system, Nasdaq uses computers and telecommunications for the trading and surveillance of thousands of securities, which are colloquially called over-the-counter stocks.

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  • FDA to yank homeopathic 'weight loss' supplements that contain hormone HCG Federal agency calls over-the-counter products 'unproven' and 'potentially dangerous' Lindsay Goldwert

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  • They cite ongoing competition from the so-called over-the-counter market, dominated by many of the world's largest investment bank, which still represents the majority of derivatives trades in Europe.

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  • So about 80% of our business is what I would call over-the-counter and nutritional store brand Private Label business where we make products for the Walgreens, the Wal-Marts, the CVSs, the Rite- Aids, the Targets, Costco, you name it.

  • But critics, including some regulators, counter that the entire market for financial contracts called over-the-counter derivatives should face stricter supervision.

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  • I had googled the right terms and I had seen my doctor and now I would try more over-the-counter medication.

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  • The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission voted to delay certain swaps rules until as late as Dec. 31 in order to head off confusion in the over-the-counter derivatives market.

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  • Shapiro was the primary market maker in banks that traded over-the-counter then, and nothing escaped Morris's notice.

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  • "This is an effort to bring transparency, standardization and a regulated platform to the over-the-counter derivatives markets," Mr. Hirani said in an interview Monday.

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  • Some stores include certain over-the-counter medicines, such as ibuprofen, on their $4 lists.

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