Is there a prefix to denote neutrality?

English has prefixes to denote opposition as well as absence.

For example:

  • ‘gnostic’ vs ‘agnostic’ (having knowledge vs absence of knowledge)
  • ‘social’ vs ‘asocial’ vs ‘anti social’ (being social, not being social, being against society)

However there is a subtle difference between the absence of something and being neutral towards it. For example let;s say that I want to indicate that I am a little bit social, but not too social.

I am not ‘asocial’ because it’s false that I am not social. But I am also not fully social. Rather I am something in the middle.

The above is just an example, it doesn’t have to be the word ‘social’ I just want to know whether English has a prefix to explicitly convey the subtility of neutrality.

Answer

You can go with quasi-

M-W.com

resembling in some degree

Lexico

1.1Being partly or almost.

This is demonstrated well by your own example of social

quasi-social

(Of an activity or relationship) having some but not all of the
features that would identify it as genuinely social; having a social
aspect but with some other purpose or motivation; Zoology (especially
with reference to insects and spiders) exhibiting some of the
characteristics of social organization, especially cooperative brood
care.

This would work for many examples (quasi-literate, quasi-real, quasi-federalist), but it wouldn’t work so well with gnostic because capital-G Gnostic has such a specific meaning. Quasi-Gnostic has the meaning, resembling or having some parts of Gnosticism. But I’m not sure there is a need to need to distinguish between the literal meaning of gnostic and agnostic in any event. These usages are uncommon and likely to be confused if you try to find a middle ground. Either you have knowledge, or you do not. In real world usages, agnostic is already a midway point between theist and atheist.

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