Afraid: adj. sensing and/or communicating medium intensity fear for a subset(s)
You can be terrified or deathly afraid of snakes, spiders, flying, or some other phobia but if you are merely afraid then you are really expressing medium intensity fear of something and it does not mean that you have extreme fear of something.
I am afraid that you will fail the exam if you don’t study enough or I am afraid to drive at night is proper usage of the word afraid since the fear is not overwhelming.
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