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n. (used with a sing. verb)
The science of human settlements, including city or community planning and design.

[Modern Greek oikistikē, from feminine of Greek oikistikos, of settlements, from oikistēs, colonizer, founder, from oikizein, to settle, from oikos, house; see economy.]

e·kis′tic, e·kis′ti·cal adj.
ek′is·ti′cian (ĕk′ĭ-stĭsh′ən) n.


(Sociology) (functioning as singular) the science or study of human settlements
[C20: from Greek oikistikos of or concerning settlements, from oikizein to settle (a colony), from oikos a house]
eˈkistic, eˈkistical adj
ˌekisˈtician n


(ɪˈkɪs tɪks)

n. (used with a sing. v.)
the scientific study of human settlements, drawing on diverse disciplines, including architecture, city planning, and behavioral science.
[1955–60; coined by Constantine A. Doxiadis (1913–75), Greek urbanologist, ultimately < Greek oikistikōs, derivative of oikisía settlement, derivative of oîkos house; see -ics]
e•kis′tic, e•kis′ti•cal, adj.
e•kis•ti•cian (ɪ kɪˈstɪʃ ən, ˌi kɪ-) n.
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