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.
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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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