passive-aggressive


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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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