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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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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.
Most of the vicious attacks, passive-aggressive behavior, and unkind remarks I've been subjected to in my life have been initiated by women," said Karel Murray, co-author of " Conquering the Witch Within," a new book that shows how two women from different generations - Baby Boomer and Generation Y - interpret difficult workplace issues - and offers strategies for resolving generational conflict.
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.
The angry smile; the psychology of passive-aggressive behavior in families, schools, and workplaces, 2d ed.
Successful leaders know that conflict is the most efficient way for a group to come to a decision and that it helps to avoid passive-aggressive behavior on the part of those who "lost.
I'm Okay, But You're Not Okay"--Perhaps the most difficult behavioral pattern to deal with, passive-aggressive behavior plays an insidious role in interpersonal communications.
This passive-aggressive behavior sent the Angels to their fifth loss in six games, and in all five losses they've been held to three runs or less.
Managing passive-aggressive behavior of children and youth at school and home: The angry smile is a book dedicated to educating parents and teachers about passive-aggressive behaviors in children and youth.
Mature coping styles--replacing fantasy and passive-aggressive behavior, for example, with humor and altruism--also lead to longevity.
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