passive-aggressive behavior

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pas·sive-ag·gres·sive be·hav·ior

apparently compliant behavior, with intrinsic obstructive or stubborn qualities, to cover deeply felt aggressive feelings that cannot be more directly expressed.

pas·sive-ag·gres·sive be·ha·vi·or

(pasiv-ă-gresiv bĕ-hāvyŏr)
Apparently compliant behavior, with intrinsic obstructive or stubborn qualities, to cover deeply held aggressive feelings that cannot be more directly expressed.

passive-aggressive behavior,

n behavior that reflects hostility or resentment through indirect nonviolent means, such as procrastination, inefficiency, forgetfulness, and stubbornness.
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This employee engages in passive-aggressive behaviour and argues for the sake of being contrary.
Honest conversation is challenging but if you try and bury feelings they leak through in words, body language or passive-aggressive behaviours, such as making muttered comments, being huffy or sullen, or writing long letters or emails instead of having a real-time conversation.
9) of a potential range of 1-9, whereas the mean for Passive-Aggressive behaviours was 2.

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