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.
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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.
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No going around and gossiping and engaging in passive-aggressive behavior" to derail decision-making or the execution of strategies.
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Students might not engage academically and instead treat the course as "a waste of time." Differing attitudes fill the classroom and might cause interruptions, passive-aggressive behavior, or absenteeism.
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Mature coping styles--replacing fantasy and passive-aggressive behavior, for example, with humor and altruism--also lead to longevity.
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