Is there a word for a person who won't speak up when they don't want to do something, or who makes excuses about doing something without actually coming out and saying they dont want to?

  • passive-aggressive
    – Mitch
    Commented Mar 9, 2015 at 14:40

3 Answers 3


Equivocator. It means "to use ambiguous or unclear expressions to avoid commitment, or to mislead" (Dictionary.com).


I think you could describe this person as unassertive:

  • not talking or behaving in a loud and confident way : not assertive (M-W)

If you want a term with a stronger connotation you can use servile:

  • someone who is submissive and who is extremely willing to act to please others.


From merriam webster: adjective: passive 1. accepting or allowing what happens or what others do, without active response or resistance.

"the women were portrayed as passive victims"

synonyms: submissive, acquiescent, unresisting, yielding, unassertive, non-resistant, compliant, complaisant, pliant, resigned, obedient, docile, tractable, malleable, pliable, meek, subdued, deferential, forbearing, long-suffering, patient, lamblike, non-violent, supine

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