passive-aggressive

adjective pas·sive-ag·gres·sive \ ˈpa-siv-ə-ˈgre-siv \

Definition of passive-aggressive

: being, marked by, or displaying behavior characterized by the expression of negative feelings, resentment, and aggression in an unassertive passive way (as through procrastination and stubbornness)
  • It is passive-aggressive behavior, the donning of a mask of amiability that conceals raw antagonism toward one's competitors, even one's friends.
  • —Hilary De Vries
  • A passive-aggressive manager eschews open hostilities, in part because he feels distinctly uncomfortable with them.
  • —Walter Kiechel III

passive-aggressive

noun

First Known Use of passive-aggressive

1945


Medical Dictionary

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passive-aggressive

adjective

medical Definition of passive-aggressive

: being, marked by, or displaying behavior characterized by expression of negative feelings, resentment, and aggression in an unassertive way (as through procrastination, stubbornness, and unwillingness to communicate)
  • a passive-aggressive personality

passive-aggressively

adverb

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passive-aggressive

noun

medical Definition of passive-aggressive

: a passive-aggressive individual

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