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pas·sive-ag·gres·sive

(păs′ĭv-ə-grĕs′ĭv)
adj.
Of, relating to, or characterized by habitual passive resistance to requirements for performance in occupational or social situations, as by procrastination, stubbornness, sullenness, or inefficiency.

passive-aggressive

adj
(Psychoanalysis) psychoanal of or relating to a personality that harbours aggressive emotions while behaving in a calm or detached manner
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passive-aggressive

adj pasivo-agresivo
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Hornberger claims that this type of passive-aggressive behavior is not uncommon in divorcing couples.
The concept of lateral violence and bullying consists of behaviors such as fighting among nurses, passive-aggressive behavior, eye rolling in response to questions, rude and demeaning remarks, and failure to respect confidences and privacy.
Passive-aggressive behavior is when someone appears friendly to your face and then attacks you behind your back, or uses the silent treatment to manipulate.
He has always been supportive and helpful, but now he is displaying passive-aggressive behavior.
The APA says that unexpressed anger can create other problems, such as passive-aggressive behavior (getting back at people indirectly, without telling them why, rather than confronting them head-on) or a personality that seems perpetually cynical and hostile, like the husband at the beginning of my story.
As the discussion evolved into a true sharing of ideas with respect and understanding for other points of view, I was struck by how much easier our working lives would be if such dialogues were more common every day in health care settings around the country, instead of passive-aggressive behavior, gossip, bullying and rudeness--also known as lateral violence.
Passive-Aggressive behavior can range from always being late to meetings, making and then breaking promises, saying, "I was just joking," after sending out a barbed missile-like message intended to stop others dead in their tracks.
Differing attitudes fill the classroom and might cause interruptions, passive-aggressive behavior, or absenteeism.
The angry smile; the psychology of passive-aggressive behavior in families, schools, and workplaces, 2d ed.
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