science of human settlements.
EKISTICS (modern Greek: OIKISTIKH) is derived from the ancient Greek adjective oikistikoV more particularly from the neuter plural oikistika (as physics is derived from fusika, Aristotle). The ancient Greek adjective oikistikoV meant: "concerning the foundation of a house, a habitation, a city or colony; contributing to the settling." It was derived from oikistikhV, an ancient Greek noun meaning "the person who installs settlers in place". This may be regarded as deriving indirectly from another ancient Greek noun, o kisiV, meaning "building", "housing", "habitation", and especially "establishment of a colony, a settlement , or a town" (already in Plato), or "filling with new settlers", settling", "being settled". All these words grew from the verb oikizw, to settle and were ultimately derived from the noun o koV, "house", "home" or "habitat.
The shorter Oxford English
Dictionary contains a reference to an oecist, oekist or oikist,
defining him as: "the founder of an ancient Greek ... colony". The English
equivalent of oikistikh is
(a noun). In addition, the adjectives ekistic and ekistical,
the adverb ekistically, and the noun ekistician are now also
in current use. The French equivalent is ekistique, the German
the Italian echistica (all feminine).