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From Thomas Gradgrind, a character in Charles Dickens' novel Hard Times, + -ian.
- Having a soulless devotion to facts and figures; inflexibly utilitarian.
- But today's winning businesses are positively Gradgrindian in their pursuit of the truth. — "Winners must be facts-obsessed in pursuit for truth", Financial Times, 13 November 2006
Sometimes used without the initial capital.