passive-aggressive personality


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pas·sive-·ag·gres·sive per·son·al·i·ty

a personality disorder characterized by a pervasive and enduring pattern of behavior in which aggressive feelings are manifested in passive ways, especially through mild obstructionism and stubbornness.

passive-aggressive personality

Etymology: L, passivus + aggressus, combative, persona, character
a personality characterized by a chronically negativistic disposition with passive resistance and aggression manifested by forceful actions or attitudes expressed in an indirect, nonviolent manner, such as pouting, obstructionism, procrastination, inefficiency, stubbornness, and forgetfulness. Compare aggressive personality, passive-dependent personality. See also passive-aggressive personality disorder.

pas·sive-ag·gres·sive per·son·al·i·ty

(pas'iv-ă-gres'siv pĕr'sŏn-al'i-tē)
A disorder in which aggressive feelings are shown in passive ways, especially through mild obstructionism and stubbornness.
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