[ ih-kis-tiks ]

noun(used with a singular verb)
  1. the scientific study of human settlements, drawing on diverse disciplines, including architecture, city planning, and behavioral science.

Origin of ekistics

1955–60; coined by Constantine A. Doxiadus (1913–1975), Greek urbanologist, ultimately <Greek oikistikōs, derivative of oikisía settlement, derivative of oîkos house; see -ics

Words Nearby ekistics

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British Dictionary definitions for ekistics


/ (ɪˈkɪstɪks) /

  1. (functioning as singular) the science or study of human settlements

Origin of ekistics

C20: from Greek oikistikos of or concerning settlements, from oikizein to settle (a colony), from oikos a house

Derived forms of ekistics

  • ekistic or ekistical, adjective
  • ekistician, noun

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