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The literal meaning is:
It’s translated in English as “I’m not afraid” or “I’m not scared“, because we don’t have the same difference “scared” vs. “afraid” in French.
As you can see, we use “have + fear” to express this feeling while in English you use “be + afraid/scared“. So in French “fear” is rather something you have than something you are.
The antonym is “J’ai peur” (I’m scared / I’m afraid).
You can use it to talk about phobias, for example: “Je n’ai pas peur des araignées” (I’m not scared of spiders) or “J’ai peur des araignées” (I’m scared of spiders).
But also while talking about something that might happen, for example, someone asks you: “Tu n’as pas peur que ton avion s’écrase ?” (Aren’t you afraid that your plane might crash?). In this case you can say: “Non, je n’ai pas peur” (No, I’m not afraid). Here, it has a sense of “Being anxious about something“.
You can also use the shorter version: “J’ai pas peur” which has exactly the same meaning, but it’s more informal.