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This is a sentence in a letter to request waiving a fine. The sentence is:

I offer the following plea for a caution in this instance.

Also, it seems to me that caution is more correct than a caution. Am I right?

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closed as general reference by MετάEd, Kristina Lopez, MrHen, Hellion, Kris Apr 30 '13 at 6:22

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onelook.com/?w=caution&ls=a "caution (n) an official warning from the police" –  MετάEd Apr 29 '13 at 13:23
    
Though the question may be justified, it would have helped if the OP had first looked up caution in a dictionary. –  Kris Apr 30 '13 at 6:21

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To give a caution is (in Britain at least) to let someone go with a warning instead of (in this case) having to pay a fine

Cautions are given to adults aged 18 or over for minor crimes - eg writing graffiti on a bus shelter.

You have to admit an offence and agree to be cautioned. If you don’t agree, you can be arrested and charged.

A caution is not a criminal conviction, but it could be used as evidence of bad character if you go to court for another crime.

So a plea to give a caution is a suggestion to change the fine to a lesser punishment and the plea contains the arguments to support this change

Not to be confused with A plea for caution which is a request made in an urgent manner to make people aware of a dangerous situation

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Is it meant warning By caution? –  Sina Iravanian Apr 29 '13 at 13:21
    
@SinaIravanian Only in as much as it's a warning not to get into trouble again. –  Andrew Leach Apr 29 '13 at 13:37

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