Over the counter
Counter Coun"ter, n. [OE. countour, OF. contouer, comptouer, F. comptoir, LL. computatorium, prop., a computing place, place of accounts, fr. L. computare. See {Count}, v. t.] A table or board on which money is counted and over which business is transacted; a long, narrow table or bench, on which goods are laid for examination by purchasers, or on which they are weighed or measured. [1913 Webster]

{Over the counter} (a) (Stock Exchanges), in an office; -- said of business so done, as distinguished from that done at an exchange. [Cant] (a) without a prescription; needing no prescription; -- said of medicines that can be legally bought without a physician's prescription. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]


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  • over-the-counter — adj. 1. able to be sold legally without a doctor s prescription; of medicinal drugs. Contrasted with {prescription}. [prenominal] Syn: nonprescription(prenominal). [WordNet 1.5] 2. (Finance) not quoted on a stock exchange; sold only through… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Over-the-counter — Over the counter, also known as OTC, may refer to: *Over the counter drug medicine that may be sold without a prescription and without a visit to a medical professional, in contrast to prescription drugs. *Over the counter (finance), financial… …   Wikipedia

  • over-the-counter — adjective Date: 1921 1. not traded or effected on an organized securities exchange < over the counter transactions > < over the counter securities > 2. sold lawfully without prescription < an over the counter pain reliever > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Over The Counter — La negociación Over The Counter (OTC) negocia instrumentos financieros (acciones, bonos, materias primas, swaps o derivados de crédito) directamente entre dos partes. Este tipo de negociación se realiza fuera del ámbito de los mercados… …   Wikipedia Español

  • over the counter — phrasal 1. in or through a broker s office rather than through a stock exchange < stock bought over the counter > 2. without a prescription < drugs available over the counter > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Over The Counter — De gré à gré L expression de gré à gré signifie à l amiable, d un commun accord. Une transaction de gré à gré est une transaction entre deux parties libres de contracter et normalement informées (notamment en immobilier). Elle est à l opposée d… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Over-the-Counter — Der OTC Handel, auch außerbörslicher Handel, bezeichnet finanzielle Transaktionen zwischen Finanzmarkt Teilnehmern, die nicht über die Börse abgewickelt werden. OTC steht dabei für den englischen Begriff „Over The Counter”, was mit „über den… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Over-the-counter — Der OTC Handel, auch außerbörslicher Handel, bezeichnet finanzielle Transaktionen zwischen Finanzmarkt Teilnehmern, die nicht über die Börse abgewickelt werden. OTC steht dabei für den englischen Begriff „Over The Counter”, was mit „über den… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Over The Counter — Der OTC Handel, auch außerbörslicher Handel, bezeichnet finanzielle Transaktionen zwischen Finanzmarkt Teilnehmern, die nicht über die Börse abgewickelt werden. OTC steht dabei für den englischen Begriff „Over The Counter”, was mit „über den… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Over-the-counter drug — Over the counter redirects here. For other uses, see Over the counter (finance). OTC medication with child resistant packaging (cap) and tamper resistant carton and innerseal Over the counter (OTC) drugs are medicines that may be sold directly to …   Wikipedia

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