- denoting or pertaining to a personality type or behavior marked by the expression of negative emotions in passive, indirect ways, as through manipulation or noncooperation: a passive-aggressive employee who often misses deadlines.
Origin of passive-aggressive
First recorded in 1945–50
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Examples from the Web for passive-aggressive
His fits were passive-aggressive: He would claim to be sick, refuse to leave his TriBeCa apartment, or simply not show up.R.I.P. James Gandolfini: 8 Wild Stories About the Making of ‘The Sopranos’
June 20, 2013
She spends her time carrying out a guerilla war of passive-aggressive acts against him that escalates with each passing day.This Week’s Hot Reads: Jan. 14, 2013
Jimmy So, G. Clay Whittaker
January 14, 2013
Woven into the narrative are G-chat logs, passive-aggressive emails, and all the trappings of the Frivolous Now.This Week’s Hot Reads: June 25, 2012
June 25, 2012
Theirs is a mutually beneficial, passive-aggressive, love-hate relationship.Miley Cyrus' Age of Consent
June 22, 2010
A passive-aggressive Royal claimed that she was “bruised” by the “very aggressive” attacks.France's Sarah Palin
November 27, 2009
Their passive-aggressive instincts are intact and on autopilot.After the Rain
Yes, yes; that is the diagnosis, "personality pattern disturbance with schizoid features and passive-aggressive tendencies."
Lee has to be diagnosed as 'personality pattern disturbance with schizoid features and passive-aggressive tendencies.'
"Passive-aggressive tendencies" are fairly common in occurrence, are they not amongst people?
It is either a passive-dependent child or an aggressive child, and there is a passive-aggressive child.
- psychoanal of or relating to a personality that harbours aggressive emotions while behaving in a calm or detached manner
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