passive–aggressive

adjective

Definition of passive–aggressive

  1. :  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

1945

First Known Use of passive–aggressive

1945


Medical Dictionary

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passive–aggressive

adjective

Medical Definition of passive–aggressive

  1. :  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

  1. :  a passive-aggressive individual

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