A defense mechanism that allows people who aren't comfortable being openly aggressive get what they want under the guise of still trying to please others. They want their way, but they also want everyone to still like them.
Jane: It's time to go, we really should get going now.

Passive Aggressive Ann: Oh...okay. I just...well okay, I GUESS we can leave now.

Jane: Ann, do you want to stay? Is that what you're trying to get at?

Passive Aggressive Ann: Huh? Oh no, we can leave if YOU want. I just didn't get to do everything I wanted to do yet, but no no, we can go I guess.

Jane: God dammit Ann! Fine, we'll stay, are you happy?

Passive Aggressive Ann: Oh okay! Yeah! That sounds great too!
(Ann got her way without having to openly ask for it)
by Miltonation March 15, 2008
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An adjective used to describe hiding aggressive intentions and actions with seemingly non aggressive intentions and actions.

An often misused and misunderstood term.
Mike- "Hey Rob can you help me paint the bathroom"?

Rob- "Sure Mike. I'd love to".

If Rob intentionally did a sloppy job because he didn't like Mike or didn't want to paint, it would be passive aggressive.
by nostawk March 15, 2010
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The term "passive-aggressive" was introduced in a 1945 U.S. War Department technical bulletin, describing soldiers who weren't openly insubordinate but shirked duty through procrastination, willful incompetence, and so on.
While everyone thought the young man was just dumb, the fact is he was merely being passive aggressive so he wouldn't have to do all of the work.
by Signmeup November 13, 2006
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appearing indifferent, uninterested, or in support of an act before it happens but outwardly opposing and attacking it once it has occurred.
Me: hey baby do you mind if I roll out with my boys tonight?
You: I don't care. (but all your shit will be on the sidewalk when you get back)
Me: You're so cute when you are all passive aggressive like that. I love you.
by Greakan October 13, 2008
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Showing disrespect towards others by way of lack of action or supposed forgetfulness.
Jim was downright passive aggressive towards Pete by "forgetting" to pay off his debt.
by Blindy's Voice of Reason July 26, 2005
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Personality disorder now dismissed by psychiatrists but a popular term with people who have to label other people. Being verbally helpful but unhelpful in action.
Brian said that he would happily wash my windows, but instead he just spit on them and wiped it with his sleeve, a week late.
by Ben September 03, 2004
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