Of or denoting a type of behaviour or personality characterized by indirect resistance to the demands of others and an avoidance of direct confrontation.
- This was manifested by disparaging remarks, passive-aggressive behaviour, malicious gossip about me, passing off of ideas generated by me as his own and frequent use of abusive language to myself and others around him.
- The steward's self-pity in his soliloquy suggests lack of control over his situation or a passive-aggressive personality.
- That's what a passive-aggressive personality will get you.
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