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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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