ekis·​tics i-ˈki-stiks How to pronounce ekistics (audio)
plural in form but singular in construction
: a science dealing with human settlements and drawing on the research and experience of professionals in various fields (such as architecture, engineering, city planning, and sociology)
ekistic adjective

Word History


Modern Greek oikistikē, from feminine of oikistikos of settlement, from Greek, from oikizein to settle, colonize, from oikos house — more at vicinity

First Known Use

1958, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ekistics was in 1958

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“Ekistics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ekistics. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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