From Open Risk Manual


An Obligation is a duty or responsibility that an entity has no practical ability to avoid while acting in compliance with applicable rules (e.g. moral imperatives) or law (in which case it is a Legal Obligation.

  • An obligation may be specified in a Contract, in which case it is a Contractual Obligation
  • In financial context an obligation is a Claim by another party that results in monetary amounts owed to that party (or parties). The other party (or parties) could be a Person or a Legal Entity, a group of people or other entities, or society at large.